Risking their lives to protect persons and property from fire’s destructive force, firefighters throughout history have been encouraged in their life-saving work by the courageous example of Florian of Lorch.
Serving as a high-ranking officer in the Roman Army, Florian was tortured and killed for refusing to renounce his Christian faith. Rejecting the Roman practice of torching Christian villages, he risked his life to extinguish blaze after blaze. In a bold challenge to his fellow soldiers, who stood poised and ready to set his body aflame, Saint Florian is believed to have exclaimed: “If you do, I will climb to heaven on the flames.”
This commemorative coin is dedicated to professional firefighters throughout the world, whose heroic service keeps us safe. The obverse depicts Saint Florian and a modern-day firefighter extinguishing a blaze. The design on the reverse captures the courage and commitment displayed by firefighters all over the world.
Minted in MerlinGold,® a proprietary brass alloy that simulates the look and feel of gold, this proof-quality coin comes sealed in an airtight Lucite capsule and packaged with a header card that describes the legacy of St. Florian, Patron Saint of Firefighters.
Each coin measures 1 1/2 (39mm) in diameter.
This is a surplus NWTM item. Packaging may vary.